Wednesday, September 13, 2017
World War I Chronology, September 1917, 100 Years Ago: 1st U.S. Aero Squadron Arrives in France
SEPTEMBER 3-- 1st U.S. Aero Squadron arrives in France. U.S. planes to the rescue.
The 1st U.S. Aero Squadron is the military's oldest flying unit, established 5 March 1913. Today it still exists as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (1RS), USAF and is assigned to the 9th Operations Group based at Beale AFB, California.
It was organized originally for operations along the U.S.-Mexico border during the Pancho Villa days. Pancho Villa crossed the border and attacked Columbus, New Mexico, on 9 March 1916 and the 1st Aero Squadron was sent to Columbus and took part in the Punitive Expedition.
They were still in Columbus, N.M. when the United States entered World War I on 6 April 1917. They were ordered to Fort Jay, New York, and accompanied the U.S. First Division to Europe by boat, departing 13 August 1917 and arriving in England 1 September. They crossed the English Channel the next day.
Lafayette, We Are Here. --Cooter